Tim Ferriss shares Jim Carrey’s viral video speech | depression vs sadness |
Tim Ferriss recently shared a video with his audience that features Jim Carrey speaking to a large group of college graduates. In the speech, Carrey shares his interpretation of depression vs sadness.
He first illustrates what he sees as the major difference between depression vs sadness. Then he explains what he learned from a friend by the name of Jeff Foster, an author, and spiritual teacher. Foster had taught Jim about a unique way to interpret the emotions felt by those suffering from deep depression.
Jim says: “People talk about depression all the time… [but] the difference between depression and sadness? Sadness is just, you know, from happenstance. Whatever happened (or didn’t happen) for you, or you know—grief. And depression is your body saying, ‘I don’t want to be this character anymore. I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you’ve created in the world. It’s too much for me.'”
Carrey goes on to describe what he learned from Foster, who believes that we should interpret the word “depressed” as deep rest. And that at certain times, our bodies need deep rest from the character (or avatar) that we’ve been trying to play.
Understanding the difference: depression vs sadness
If what teacher Foster shared is correct, then dealing with depression goes beyond simply overcoming a series of difficult or negative events and situations.
Sadness is an emotion that may feel all-encompassing at times but also includes moments of joy, happiness, and laughter. Depression is different from sadness as the feelings will affect all aspects of life, making it difficult to feel happy about anything at all.
While it’s considered to be a mental illness by the medical community, it may also be a time for much-needed “deep rest,” as Foster explained.
The “happy place” we are searching for
Jim on chasing happiness and success: “I wish people could realize all their dreams and wealth and fame… so that they could see that it’s not where you’re gonna find your sense of completion […] There will always be someone who’s doing better than you. No matter what you gain, your ego will […] tell you that you cannot stop.”
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